California Bike Tours: Too Good to be True?
Cyclists who have traveled with Sojourn on their California Wine Country & Coast bike tour say it’s too good to be true. But despite the endless out-of-this-world accolades, Sojourn’s bike tours in the Sonoma Wine Country are absolutely real.
They tour along real beautiful back road bike routes, visit real special California vineyards, lodge in real exclusive accommodations, and leave people real, real happy – so happy that their descriptions might seem a bit over the top.
Larry Antonucci called it “The trip of a lifetime! Everything you would ever want in a vacation!”
“We tell everyone it was a ’10 out of a possible 10.’ The 50-mile day with an amazing picnic lunch in the redwoods followed by riding down the coast was an 11!” says Stuart Patterson.
Travel writer, Laura Gillis wrote an entire blog post about our California bike tour: “The splendor of its jagged cliffs and crashing waves is unsurpassed; I knew then that I was on the ride of a lifetime…I felt like I was twelve years old again. Gathered together, we toasted our amazing “sojourn” and the wonderful guides who championed our discovery of beauty; both within us and all around us.” (read more from Laura on the Inside Scoop)
Viticulture: The cultivation of grapevines in this region dates back to the 19th century when immigrants from Mediterranean countries began making themselves feel more at home by planting vines. Originally most vineyards were “gardens” for personal family consumption, commercial wineries sprung up by the beginning of the 20th century. This spring flows eternal today – many say that drinking wine promotes longevity and health.
Natural Beauty: Gently rolling hills, mixed terrain, farmland, redwoods, and the Pacific Ocean! Check out the photos of this bike tour. A picture is worth a million…
Pacing: Among California bicycling vacations, the Sojourn trip is unique in that participants can enjoy themselves at their own pace. This tour is as perfectly suited to leisure cyclists as it is to the more seasoned. For those who have reached their limit or want to conserve energy, the Sojourn van is just the ticket. For those who want to push themselves, Sojourn’s epic options in Sonoma County, California cannot be beat.
Lodgings: Madrona Manor, Bodega Bay Lodge & Spa, and The Inn at Occidental. Romantic, historic, and acclaimed, the Madrona is an elegant estate built in 1879. The Bodega Bay Lodge, with ocean views from every room and a full-service spa, is known as the best accommodations on the Bay. According to Laura, “This idyllic coastal setting was stunning, secluded and serene.” The Inn at Occidental is a Sonoma County bed and breakfast filled with beautiful antiques and family heirlooms. Each room is equipped with a spa tub.
Sojourn’s California bike tours through Sonoma wine country (and in other locations) are very good, so good that 70% of their travelers have vacationed with them before, or were referred by friends. That’s pretty darned respectable.
Their tours are not too good to be true, but you’ll have to do one to believe it.